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Jul 28, 2009 04:58 PM

Wedding anniversary

My husband and I have been married for 15 years, together for 15 1/2...we honeymooned in Paris, Italy and Switzerland. We were hoping to get back to Paris this year, but alas we cannot.
Any suggestions for Parisian fare for a special occasion other than Comme Ca'? North Hollywood, Hollywood, Downtown areas.

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  1. Melisse
    La Cachette

    Melisse Restaurant
    1104 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401

    La Cachette Bistro
    1733 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401

    8338 W. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      Ditto the rec for Ortolan.

      If it was my anniversary, I would call the restaurant and ask to speak with Chef Eme. Then tell him you're celebrating your anniversary and you'd like him to create a special tasting menu within your budget.

      Haven't been, but have heard good things about Melisse.

        1. re: soniabegonia

          it is closing, and they're opening a more casual bistro in SM. for some reason i thought that wasn't happening until the end of August, but i just checked Eater LA and it says they're closing at the end of July, with the bistro slated to open August 10th. nice catch!

          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

            Same chef? I wasn't all that impressed with La Cachette when we went, but that was when L'Orangerie was still around w/Ludo cooking!! Aaah, the good ol' days!!

            1. re: Phurstluv

              same chef/owner, new location (1733 Ocean Ave in SM), more casual ambiance, new bistro menu.

              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                1733 Ocean, what used to be there before, do you know??

                1. re: Phurstluv

                  i don't think it was anything of note. AFAIK, it's a redevelopment of a former office space.

      1. Like many, I'm a big fan of the very popular new Church & State downtown. But the room is more high energy than romantic, depending on your definition.

        I also still like the now venerable Cafe des Artistes in Hollywood. Food is very decent if not always exceptional. But the patio is beautiful. And the brioche pudding is worth a visit in itself.

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        1. re: wutzizname

          Sorry...links. And happy anniversary.

          Cafe Des Artistes
          1534 N. McCadden Pl., Hollywood, CA 90028

          Church & State
          1850 Industrial Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021

          1. Le Petit Bistro on La Cienega:
            Le Petit Restaurant in Sherman Oaks:

            In that order, but both of these are great and quite authentic.

            Happy anniversary!

            1. Most romantic = Ortolan.